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Baby penguin born at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

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Photo provided by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago shows trainer Christi Sterling checking on a rockhopper penguin chick that was hatched at the aquarium June 12. Shedd animal care workers are observing and weighing the chick daily. The chick weighed 75 grams when it was born and is gaining about 40 grams every day. The chick's gender hasn't been determined yet.                                                                                                                               (AP Photo/Shedd Aquarium)

 

CHICAGO (AP) - A baby rockhopper penguin chick has been born at Chicagoís Shedd Aquarium.

Officials at the aquarium say the chick hatched about a month ago and is gaining weight and eating. The baby bird is nesting with its parents at the aquarium. Shedd experts say the chick weighed 75 grams when it was born. It now weighs 1,019 grams, gaining about 40 grams every day. The chickís gender hasnít been determined yet.

Shedd animal care workers observe and weigh the check daily. They say milestones ahead include the chick learning to eat on its own, learning to swim and acquiring waterproof plummage.

Shedd Aquarium is involved in several penguin rescue efforts.

 

 

Posted 7/11/2013